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KOCIUBA, Orest Nestor

KOCIUBA, Orest Nestor

Kociuba, Orest Nestor (June 8, 1938 – January 1, 2018)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Orest Kociuba, on Monday January 1, 2018 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital, following a 9 month battle with liver cancer. He was 79 years old. Orest’s strong faith and love of family was evident to all who knew him and is what carried him through until his passing.
Orest was born on June 8, 1938 in the Revelstoke Hospital to Harry & Sophie Kociuba. He lived his early life in the Mt Cartier area before moving on to Vernon and then Vancouver. After graduation, he spent some time in the Navy before he began studies in Meteorological Technology and finally his 35 year career with the Liquor Distribution Branch. In 1960, he met and married the love of his life, Doris Spilchen and they settled in Vancouver. Over the next 12 years, Orest and Doris became the proud parents of 6 children. Besides Vancouver, they also lived in North Delta, Bella Coola and Westbank. After Doris’ death in 1990, Orest moved to Clinton, where he retired, then followed that with moves to New Westminster, Cranbrook, Anglemont, Pinantan Lake and then finally, Salmon Arm.
Orest was predeceased by his parents and his wife Doris. Left to mourn his passing are his 6 children: Greg (Evelyn) Kociuba of Salmon Arm, Patricia (Ashley) Rattee of Penticton, Andrew Kociuba of Coquitlam, Veronica (Pete) Hoops of Salmon Arm, Colleen (Harold) Haining of Clive, AB and Peter (Sheri) Kociuba of Salmon Arm. Orest’s pride and joy were his 9 grandchildren: Mark Haining, Barrett Hoops, Austin Haining, Brennan Hoops, Cassidy Hoops, Tyson Hoops, Kaitlin Haining, Connor Kociuba & Natasha Kociuba. He also leaves his two brothers, Walter of Vernon, BC and Peter (Mary Ann) of Edmonton, AB as well as numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces.
Prayers will be recited on Thursday January 11 at 7:00 PM at the Dormition of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1091 Coronation Ave, Kelowna, BC. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday January 12 at 10:00 AM with Celebrant Reverend Father Joe Ostopowich and assisting Clergy, followed by interment at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are through First Memorial Funeral Services – 250-762-2299. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Red Cross Loan Cupboard in Salmon Arm or the Palliative Care Ward of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. The family wishes to thank everyone involved in the final months of Dad’s journey especially Dr. Joan Bratty, the palliative care team and Pastor Dave from Sun Ridge Estates.


Condolence Messages
  • Jan 20, 2018
    Kociuba family, so sorry to hear of Orest passing, I worked with Orest and had many fond memories working with him a very caring person. Marie Chays
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Sincerest condolences to the family. Your Dad will continue his eloquent singing and cantoring.
    Rest In Peace Orest.
    Veechnaya Pamyat E&E.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    I am sorry to hear of your loss- I met Orest many times while working with Doris ay Olympia Pizza - your whole family was a pleasure to know - my prayers are with you all . Cathy Jefferies
  • Jan 09, 2018
    So sorry for your loss Colleen, thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Doug, Janet and Derek.
  • Jan 07, 2018
    Happy to have you as one of our uncles, you always stopped at the family farm in Yorkton,Sk to visit. We will miss you Uncle Orest. Our sympathy to the Kocuiba family. Adeline and Nick.
  • Jan 05, 2018
    I met Veronica when they moved to Westbank when we were 11 yrs. I had the honour to meet all of her family. Loved going up to her house. Loved her parents. Mr. K was a proud man, in his job, his family, his wife. He expected respect but really wasn't hard giving the respect to him because he respected you as a person.
    He and Mrs K worked hard to give a good life to their children. Their children worked hard in school, music and as grown children succeeded. As parents they were proud parents. An honest, respected, proud family man who was kind and an all round nice man. My condolences to the Kociuba family and hugs to all of you. Sandi Freier-Giddings
  • Jan 05, 2018
    I worked with Orest at the Capri Government Liquor store early in my career with the branch. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.......Jim Park
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